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‘Bosbadderen’ is het nieuwe yoga
‘Forest bathing’ – the new health prescription with no side effects
Posted May 17, 2019
Want to Enjoy a Long, Happy Life? Live Near Trees, Say Researchers
If you’re anything like me, hiking through a forest, camping in the woods or savoring a natural space is a sure-fire way to boost mood, energy and vitality. The Japanese even have a name for it, Shinrin Yoku — otherwise known as forest bathing. And they have science to back-up the physiological benefits — stress markers like cortisol, pulse rate, blood pressure, parasympathetic and sympathetic nerve activity all improve with spending time in the woods. It’s not only the Japanese who have discovered the perks of spending time among the trees, Western researchers have now established that if you want a healthy brain and more resiliency to stress, living near a forest is one of the best moves you can make.
Japanese ‘forest bathing’ backed by Duchess of Cambridge ‘should be prescribed on the NHS’
Henry Bodkin, Science Correspondent, 5 June 2019
The trendy Japanese activity of “forest bathing” supported by the Duchess of Cambridge should be prescribed by the NHS to treat stress, the Woodland Trust has said. The conservation charity has called on GPs to direct patients to their nearest woodland to “reconnect with nature” by practising mindfulness among trees. Originally conceived in Japan 40 years ago as a means to combat workplace burnout, the movement has quietly attracted a growing following in the UK. It was brought to prominence last month, however, when it was revealed the Duchess had based her debut garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, called RHS Back to Nature, on the idea. Translated from the Japanese Shinrin-yoku, forest bathing involves forgetting day-to-day concerns in favour of absorbing the sensations of a woodland setting through the five senses.